Associate Director of Development - Engineering

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 20, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for an Associate Director of Development! The Associate Director of Development coordinates, directs, and implements development activities within the College of Engineering and Applied Science. This position manages a portfolio of prospects and carries out the institution’s program of soliciting major gifts. This individual will be responsible for a geographic region including the Denver Metro area as well as an out of state territory including the South mid-west to the Southeast. They will work directly with faculty and staff of the college including the dean, and greater Advancement unit, and will be responsible for managing a designated travel budget.

We are a team of dynamic advancement specialists committed to strengthening relationships and finding creative solutions to deliver impact informed by our mission. We are committed to ensure that, in our workplace and among our donors and volunteers, a diverse set of backgrounds are represented and different perspectives are respectfully heard. The Advancement team for the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) established the following core values to guide their work: Integrity, Fellowship, Trailblazing, Collaboration, Inclusivity, High Achievement.

CEAS Advancement is committed to cultivating an inclusive culture. The team is actively participating in work related to the Intercultural Development Inventory and welcome the participation of all new team members.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Founded in 1893, the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder is the second largest of seven schools and colleges at one of the nation's top public research institutions. As Colorado's flagship university, CU Boulder has selective admissions standards and a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs.

The CEAS Advancement team is a fun and collaborative group of dynamic professionals. Our top priority is our people and with intention we cultivate a supportive and high-performing group of individuals who bring to work their unique experiences and expertise each and every day. We are self-starters who operate with the highest integrity, always looking for ways to improve ourselves, our team and our work. That work is our priority, but fellowship among us is also important and we do our best to stay engaged with team retreats, remote Zoom watercoolers, a book club, and so much more.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Works with alumni and friends of the college to cultivate existing and new donor relationships.
  • Portfolio Management: Manages portfolio consisting of 100-120 prospects. Develops and maintains relationship with portfolio, comprised of individuals capable of making major gifts ($100k+).
  • 5 main metrics: Total dollars raised, Visits (face-to-face, virtual and phone calls), Number of $100K+ solicitations, Number of $5K+ solicitations, and Assists. This position can expect higher volumes of visits and lower level solicitations due to tenure and territory, though goals would be established for each.
  • Works closely with University of Colorado (CU) faculty (may work directly with dean of college) and occasional volunteers to develop and implement fundraising strategies in order to meet established goals and objectives. Facilitates productive relationships daily between donors and CU administrators, faculty and staff to ensure effectiveness of programs.
  • Works daily to ensure timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledges and fund agreements. Documents prospect strategies and contact reports, evaluates new prospects and generates stewardship reports and general correspondence daily to cultivate major gift prospects.
  • Represents the college at University events in order to support the University and cultivate donors.

What You Should Know

This position requires extensive travel within the state of Colorado as well as to areas including but not limited to: Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa.
  • Approximately 75% travel expected.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $71,000 - $77,000.

Additional total compensation details can be found at:

  • 22 paid vacation days
  • 15 paid sick days
  • 10% employer match for retirement contribution
  • EcoPass for local, regional and express bus and light rail services
  • 4 medical plan options to fit your needs, plus dental, vision, life insurance and disability
  • 6 weeks of paid parental leave and up to six months of leave for eligible employees


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of relevant experience or a combination of education and experience.
  • 3 years of experience in fundraising, sales, marketing, communications or other relationship-building roles.

What You Will Need

  • Expert ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and adept at building rapport in a variety of circumstances.
  • Customer service mentality.
  • Expert ability to analyze information/situations and solve problems.
  • Expert ability to handle sensitive information discretely and maintain confidentiality.
  • Solid ability to organize and manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously; must have ability to work independently and collaboratively, and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Solid knowledge of current issues facing public universities, and interests of assigned school, students, faculty, and alumni.
  • Solid ability to recruit and manage activities of volunteer staff.
  • Solid ability to cultivate and solicit donations from individuals at leadership gift level.
  • Personal computer proficiency required, especially with Microsoft Office Products, Advance.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Knowledge of major gift fundraising techniques and a demonstrated track record in a university or similar environment.
  • Graduate work in related field.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

We may request references at a later time.

Please apply by May 3, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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